Newsletter – June 2011

Dear Friends

AE Annual Meeting  …

Our Annual Meeting is almost upon us – for the full agenda for the afternoon  click here – Annual Meeting Agenda – 11th June 2011

Saturday  11th June  3 – 5pm 

 St Andrews Church Waterloo  – less than 5 minutes walk  from either Waterloo Station or Southwark Tube (Jubilee Line)

Jeremy Marks – the founder and Director of Courage will be speaking on “A Change in the Tide” and there will be opportunity to review the past year as well as plan for the future.  

It would be great see many of you there.  If you are able to come, it would help us if you could let us know by email:  benny@acceptingevangelicals.org   

Follow this link to find the venue –  St Andrews Waterloo.  

Presbyterians and Lutherans signal change…

As we reported in the AE Blog, The Presbyterian Church (USA) has voted to remove the ban on openly homosexual ministers, elders and deacons. but now there is more.

Soon after, the Church of Scotland took an important step towards recognising that God can call homosexuals to ministry.  Its General Assembly has voted to allow the appointment of openly gay ministers already ordained to new posts, while it further looks into the issue of training and ordination.

And the Lutheran Church in Italy also decided last month to offer services of Blessing to homosexual couples.

More controversy in the Church of England…

Meanwhile the Church of England has seen a new round of controversy arise as more details have immerged about the blocking of Dr Jeffrey John as a potential Bishop of Southwark last year. 

Members of the Crown Nominations Commission who decide on such top jobs are bound by strict confidentiality, but following the death of Colin Slee, the Dean of Southwark Cathedral, his family have chosen to make public his account of the meeting.

The story was broken in the Guardian newspaper, and has caused a flurry of responses, few of which make comfortable reading for the Archbishop of Canterbury.

Pilgrimage of repentance for homophobia

Symon Hill, a Christian writer and activist, is walking from Birmingham to London this month as a pilgrimage of repentance for his former homophobia. He will speak at churches on the way, praying with others and engaging in dialogue.

 The walk will run from 16th June to 1st July. Symon, who is associate director of the Ekklesia thinktank, will join the Pride march in London the day after his arrival. There will be three city centre events, open to people of all religions and none, whatever their views on sexuality.

  • Birmingham – 7.00pm, Wednesday 15th June, Carr’s Lane Church (the evening before the walk starts)
  • Oxford – Sunday 26th June, St Columba’s United Reformed Church (time to be confirmed)
  • London – 7.00pm, Friday 1st July, Bloomsbury Central Baptist Church (the day Symon arrives in London)

 Symon will pass through other towns and cities, including Coventry, Leamington Spa, Daventry, Banbury, Bicester, Chesham and Watford. Find out more at http://www.repenting.wordpress.com or watch out for details on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/pages/Walk-of-repentance-for-homophobia/172048302829171.

 Christians at Pride …

And finally, there will be a strong Christian presence again this year on Saturday 2nd July at London Pride, organised by Christians at Pride.

Last year over 120 people LGBT Christians, their friends and relatives marched together at London Pride, wearing T-shirts which proclaimed “Christian and Proud”.  It was a powerful statement to the LGBT community that there is support for LGBT Christians and that God loves us with, rather than despite, our sexualities.

 Accepting Evangelicals is proud to be part of this organization.  Come if you can – further information and T-shirts are available from the Christians at Pride website.

 God Bless and Keep You…

Accepting Evangelicals

 

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